Bits & Bites: Festivals to celebrate chili and chowder, fermented foods


Bruce Homstead, nutritionist and dietitian for Elder Services, will present "What's For Supper" at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lee Senior Center, 21 Crossways St., Lee. He will discuss balancing your daily food intake to make sure you're getting what your body needs. Some helpful handouts will be provided.

A lunch featuring Shepherd's Pie will then be served at 11:30 a.m. The cost for for lunch is $2; call the Senior Center to reserve your lunch, 413-243-5545.


"Art on Tap" will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Building No. 9 at Solaqua Power & Art, located across the bridge at 343 State Route 295, Chatham N.Y.

International recycling artist Aligna will create a magical garden of flowers, bouquets and chandeliers made from a variety of scrap materials such as storage tanks, industrial pipes, tin cans and plastic bottles.

Those over 21 will have the opportunity to taste and purchase the diversity of flavors from local wineries, breweries and the resident cidery, Sundog Cider. A food truck will be on site. Music will be provided by the rock band, Side Show Willie.


The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires will hold its 17th annual Chili & Chowder Fall Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Camp Russell, 341 Boys Club Road, Richmond.

Admission is $25 per person and includes chili and chowder prepared by area restaurants and two tokens for grill food. The day's line-up includes raffles, boat rides, free hourly give-a-ways, music and lawn games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, craft beers, wine, frozen margaritas and daiquiris are available for purchase. Those who would like to attend must be 21 years old.

Tickets can be purchased at the Boys & Girls Club at 16 Melville St., Pittsfield or at the door on the day of the event at Camp Russell. For more information, call 413-448-8258 or visit www.


Berkshire Ferments will host the 3nd Annual Berkshire Fermentation Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds, 775 Main St, Great Barrington. The festival is day-long celebration of the diversity of all things fermented and crafted. There will an array of local cultured food vendors sampling and selling their products along with demos, lectures, a culture swap, science corner, book signings, raffle and more.

Live music will be provided by Heather Fisch and the Honeysuckle Bros, old-time jazz with a European flair, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Blue Light Trio, a sonic fermented conglomerate cast of characters spinning up unbounded jazz standards, will perform from 1:45 to 4 p.m.

Benjamin Wolfe, a microbiologist at Tufts University, will hold an all-day science corner. Come take a closer look at the microbiology of fermented vegetables, from farm to ferment.

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